The exhibition in Chamartín underground station welcomes new model of restored classic train
The Metro de Madrid classic train exhibition on display in Chamartín underground station to celebrate the company’s centenary now has, from today, a new restored train made up of two first series ‘1,000’-type carriages. Following this incorporation, Metro de Madrid has now completed its display of 12 carriages that allows visitors to travel through the main milestones of the Company in terms of rolling stock from its origins until the 1960s.
The ‘1,000’-type trains started to enter into service on line 2 between August 1965 and July 1966. They then operated on line 4 and finally transferred to line 5, where they provided a service until the start of 2002.
These carriages represented a major technological leap, following the example of what was happening at that time in other European and American operations. Changes were introduced then in terms of the traction of the train, its running gear and bogies.
Externally, the carriages were painted green and greenish-grey, breaking away from the previously traditional red carriage of the rolling stock of the Madrid underground. The interior comprised washable plastic material in light green. It is also worth mentioning the large number of handrails, both vertical and horizontal, the arrangement of the windows, inspired by the New York Subway, and the dynamic ventilation system, with electrical fans that were a new feature for Metro de Madrid.
TRAIN EXHIBITION IN CHAMARTÍN
These latest two carriages have joined an exhibition that already had 10 on display. Four carriages are of the ‘Cuatro Caminos’-type model, which was the first train to travel on the network and was in service for 70 years. The structure of the carriage was totally metallic, with no cladding, meaning that the entire metal frame was visible.
The exhibition also has two ‘Salamanca’-type models, which began operating in 1943. Their style is much more austere and stark than the others, not only due to the post-war period in which they were built, with a corresponding lack of spare parts, but also to the experience acquired in recent years which saw that more functional and tougher materials than those used until then were more practical.
Another of the restored carriages on display is the ‘Ventas’-type model, which came into operation in 1924, on the occasion of the inauguration of the first stretch of line 2 between Sol and Ventas stations.
The other carriage on display is a ‘Quevedo’-type model which dates back to 1927. This model was acquired due to the extension of line 2 between Sol and Quevedo stations, and had very similar features to the previous model. The main new feature was that it integrated advertising panels in passenger areas.
The exhibition also showcases two ‘Legazpi’-type carriages, which the company put into service in 1955.
This exhibition allows Metro de Madrid to offer a detailed overview of the development of rolling stock and hence of the history of the company and of the Region of Madrid. This permanent display, inaugurated on 17 October 2018 by King Felipe VI, has already been visited by almost 20,000 people, with the aim of allowing all citizens of Madrid to enjoy these authentic jewels of extraordinary historical value. The exhibition is open from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00. Entry is free, but it is necessary to buy an underground ticket since it is on display after passing through the turnstiles.
In addition to the trains – the main exhibits – close to 100 elements of the underground system that have changed over time and have become historical pieces in the history of Metro de Madrid are also on display.
A YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS
The exhibition of classic trains is just one of the many activities that Metro de Madrid is putting on to celebrate its centenary. You can also enjoy the display entitled ‘Underground portraits’ in Chamartín underground station, in which famous figures from the world of culture, communication and sport pay their own tributes to Metro.
The exhibition entitled ‘100 years of Metro’ was recently inaugurated in the Engine Shed in Pacífico. There you can travel through pictures of the past, present and future of the company, which also showcases, for the first time in its history, the basements of this emblematic site of Metro de Madrid.
In addition to these actions, you have the ‘Centenary Line’, opened at the stations on the original line from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (line 1), which offers a trip through the history of Metro with huge photos displayed in entrance halls, on platforms and in passages.
And since February, a cycle of live music sessions entitled ‘Metro Vibra’ [Metro rocks] was organised - a series of concerts being held once a month until August at seven different underground stations.
Another of the activities offered was an exhibition on display until 31 January, in this case at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, comprising a series of photographs on the present and future of the underground system, and in February the Metro ‘Centenary Race’ was also held.